Australia : Time for PM to step in on APS bargaining as dispute heats up
The CPSU has requested an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to resolve the long-running dispute over public sector bargaining, while flagging Fair Work, strike and community action.
The union has written to Mr Turnbull seeking to address the impediments to settlement, namely the Government’s attack on workplaces rights and conditions, as part of a multi-pronged push to resolve the dispute.
CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood said: “This dispute stands out as the most protracted and divisive in our long history of negotiating Commonwealth agreements, in contrast to the mostly fair and reasonable deals brokered under Governments from both sides of politics. With the election now settled, the CPSU is pulling out all the stops to help these workers and break this impasse.”
“The Turnbull Government’s attack on public services such as Medicare nearly cost it the election. It’s well and truly past time for the Prime Minister and Minister Cash to rethink their harsh and unreasonable industrial war on the people delivering these and other services.”
“Over 100,000 workers and their families expect the Turnbull Government to fix their mess. New agreements can be concluded relatively quickly if the Government abandons its attack on workplace rights and conditions, particularly family-friendly clauses, and makes a decent wage offer that recognises these people have gone three years without a pay rise.”
“We are renewing our longstanding offer to sit down for a constructive dialogue with the Turnbull Government on a resolution, and supporting that with a multi-pronged approach. The CPSU is also preparing to take action holding Minister Cash to account in the Fair Work Commission, resume industrial action - including strikes at international airports - and to again take our campaign into electorates holding MPs and Senators to account on supporting public services and the people who provide them.”
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